After being Paleo for almost a year, I thought I knew the diet fairly well. I mean, it’s a pretty simple concept; only eat what you can hunt or gather. Are berries Paleo? Yes. Are cookies Paleo? No. However, last weekend I attended a Paleo seminar that absolutely blew my mind. he presenter, Diane Rogers, was amazing and really knew her shit. For more information on Diane, check out her website here. Anyways, I thought I’d share some of the things I learned with you guys!
- The human body cannot naturally digest many raw vegetables. To get the most nutritional value out of veggies, cook them first. Even better, cook them with fat (coconut oil, lard etc)
- Since your body can’t digest these raw veggies, it’s better to have lettuce salads instead of spinach or kale salads.
- The focus of your diet should be on cooked, leafy greens (spinach, kale etc).
- Peel all potatoes and other root vegetables before consuming. Don’t eat the peel.
- If you have trouble sleeping at night, trying adding a starchy vegetable to your dinner. iane said sweet potatoes are the best to help you sleep.
- Root veggies should be consumed after a cardio intensive workout. Some examples include, peeled sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, squash etc.
- Every meal should include a protein source.
- All beef should be grass fed AND finished. Make sure the cow has been grass fed for its entire life. Some farmers will switch a cow from a grass fed diet to a grain diet near the end of its life to “fatten it up”. If you haven’t seen pictures of what a feedlot looks like, google it, it’s gross. Even better, look into buying a ½ or ¼ of a cow from a local, grass-fed farm. This way, you know exactly where your meat is coming from. And, it ends up being a lot cheaper.
- Try to get the majority of your protein from eggs, grass fed beef, lamb, pork and wild fish. Try to limit the amount of chicken you consume throughout the week.
- Organ meats have a ton of nutrients and should be included in your diet if possible (this is something that I’m going to try to work on).
- For maximum benefit, slow cook/roast your meat.
- Reuse excess bacon fat for cooking.
- Cooking oils should include coconut oil, butter (grass fed), ghee, bacon fat and olive oil.
- Get rid of all canola, soy or corn oil in your diet. That shit is bad for you.
- Every meal should include a fat source. This can include avocados, egg yolks, meat etc.
- Both of these food groups should be limited (especially if you want to lose weight). If you look at the Paleo food pyramid, both categories are near top.
- If you are to have fruit, choose one that has a low glycemic index such as berries.
- Try to stay away from dried fruit; there is nothing nutritional about it.
- Remove all soy from your diet. Soy is awful for children.
- Before consuming Paleo-fied foods (Paleo pancakes), eat some protein and fat first.
- If you must take a vitamin, make sure it’s a capsule instead of the traditional “horse pill” vitamin (i.e One a Days). This allows for easier absorption.
- If you must have a cheat, something non-glutinous is better (ice cream – score!)
- All packaged salads dressings suck. In order for it to be Paleo, make it yourself.
- After a weight lifting WOD, recover with approximately 30g. of lean protein. After a cardio intensive WOD, recover with 100g. of carbs
I know there is more, but my brain is still half asleep. All I want right now is Paleo pancakes. However, my sausage and veggie frittata was amaazzzingballs this morning. I will post the recipe once I remember to take a picture of it before I eat it.
Was there something you learned about the Paleo diet that shocked you? Is there something you still can’t wrap your mind around? For me, it was accepting the whole “use your excess bacon fat to cook with”. It just sounds wrong … and delicious. Anyways, we’d love to hear from you!